Robert IX., King of France (972-1031), is
the reputed author of the hymn, to which his
name is here attached, but his claim to the
authorship of it is very slender. There are
at least four men for whom the authorship
of the famous Latin hymn, "Veni Sancte
Spiritus," is claimed, and no conclusive evidence
exists that any one of them wrote it.
The other three alleged authors are: Hermannus
Contractus, 1013-1054; Stephen
Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury, consecrated
in 1207; and Pope Innocent III.
This hymn, therefore, will be most properly
designated as of unknown authorship.
One of the best of the many excellent
translations of it is that here given by Dr. Ray Palmer.
|Come, Holy Ghost, in love